By MICHAEL GINGOLD
As part of their acclaimed, long-running series of horrific audio dramas, Glass Eye Pix’s Larry Fessenden and Glenn McQuaid have a brand new pair of TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE premiering on their podcast in the next couple of weeks. Jump past the jump for the info and posters.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, McQuaid’s twisted love story DIE SLEEPING MY SWEET will drop tomorrow, February 13 (these episodes will be accessible via the TALES website or any podcast network). In this episode, “A comatose patient desperately tries to communicate with the outside world, if only to implicate the woman that put him there,” and the cast includes Fessenden regular John Speredakos, Caprice Benedetti, Juan Carlos Hernandez, Teresa Kelsey and Matthew Stephens Huffman. This TALE, McQuaid says, “brings together my love of soap opera melodrama, bear porn and medical thrillers. The format of the audio drama has allowed me to explore characters, stories and tone in a way that I wouldn’t have otherwise. The further I delve beyond the Pale, the more confident I am in leaning into the exploration and experimentation of auditory possibilities.”
On February 20, Fessenden’s own WHO KILLED JOHNNY BERNARD? hits the web; in this one, “After a devastating accident, a man struggles to alter the fate of his son.” James Le Gros and his son Noah (both seen recently in Fessenden’s DEPRAVED) star, along with Lauren Ashley Carter (DARLING), Speredakos and Huffman. “It speaks to the broad opportunity offered by the TALES platform,” Fessenden says, “that I was able to process my grief at the loss of a friend by delving into a sweeping Tale that brought together so many of my themes of fate and belief and sudden violence and love, all in an ambitiously structured, nifty half-hour entertainment. We are so grateful to have an audience for our stories.”
Both episodes were performed at New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in front of a live audience. The posters were created by comic book illustrator and tattoo artist Brian Level. More TALES will be presented on the podcast this year (which marks the series’ 10th anniversary), including episodes written by Clay McLeod Chapman, Sarah Langan, Joe Maggio, Kim Newman, JT Petty, Simon Barrett and many others, featuring the voice talents of Vincent D’Onofrio, Ron Perlman, Doug Jones, Amy Seimitz, Tony Todd, Kate Flannery, Leon Vitale, Lance Reddick, A.J. Bowen, Pat Healy, Joshua Leonard, Martin Starr, Ana Asensio, Cooper Roth, Samuel Zimmerman, Jeremy Gardner, Roxanne Benjamin, Fessenden and more.